ALEX NEIL SACKED: 12th Championship sacking of the season

Roberto Di Matteo - the first to go. Picture: PA

Roberto Di Matteo - the first to go. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

English football's second tier, the Championship, is the most dangerous place to be a manager.

The average tenure of sacked managers last season was just over a year as, for the second season running, the Championship provided the most dismissals.

The pressure to lead a team into the promised land has never been greater – because the rewards in the Premier League have never been greater. And owners, perhaps, have never been quite as ruthless in their pursuit of success.

Alex Neil is the 12th Championship manager to leave his job since the opening day following Roberto di Matteo (Aston Villa), Paul Trollope (Cardiff), Nigel Pearson (Derby), Alan Stubbs (Rotherham), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Walter Zenga (Wolves), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (QPR), Kenny Jackett (Rotherham), Gary Rowett (Birmingham), Philippe Montanier (Nottingham Forest), Owen Coyle (Blackburn).

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